Switzerland contributes with $ 1.9 million to assist Sahrawi refugees Camps

Sahrawi refugee camps, May 6, 2020 (SPS) - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of CHF 1.8 million (US$ 1.9 million) from the Government of Switzerland that will help cover the basic food needs of thousands of Sahrawi refugee families and support WFP’s school feeding programme.

In the statement published on its website, the World Food Program (WFP) regrets that "For the past 45 years, the Sahrawi refugees have been living under harsh conditions in the Sahara Desert in southwestern Algeria. Hosted in five refugee camps near the Algerian town of Tindouf, refugee families rely primarily on WFP assistance for their food needs, while employment and livelihood opportunities are limited.  . ”

WFP noted that "Switzerland has been a key donor to WFP Algeria, contributing $ 30.6 million in the past 15 years."

"In 2020, WFP will use Swiss funds to distribute monthly rations that include cereals, legumes, vegetable oil, sugar and fortified foods to thousands of refugee men, women and children to cover their basic food needs."

In response to the Sahara Press Service, the Saharawi Red Crescent has thanked this donation stating that “the annual contribution of the Government of Switzerland is of great importance for a population that has been living in difficult conditions for 4 decades due to conflict and process unfinished decolonization ”.

Similarly, the president of the MLRS, Buhubeini Yahia Buhubeini, has announced through his Twitter account (https://twitter.com/BuhubeiniYahya) that the Saharawi humanitarian institution has already started the necessary actions for the distribution of the humanitarian aid sent last week by Algeria.

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.SPS